Incomparable Maligne by George Cousins

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada is world famous for it’s natural beauty. One of the highlights is Lake Maligne and the surrounding Rocky Mountains, as well as Spirit Island, the tiny islet at the end of the lake. The turquoise waters of the lake are caused by glacier melt, and to try to get a different perspective for a photo is almost impossible. But by scrambling up the side of a small bluff and through the woods, I tried.

September 2009
Fuji S100FS camera



  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 4 years ago

    Oh so gorgeous George. Just look at that color! A beautiful shot for sure.Hope your entering this in the Challenge. :>)) Leslie

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    Many thanks Leslie, glad you liked it! Do you mean the National Parks challenge? If so, I already entered Castle in The Clouds in that one. It’s a real flip of the coin, isn’t it?? LOL!

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful picture, George! Listen, help me out if you would. I posted a picture this afternoon that I took in 1979 that I titled ‘Moraine Lake’. Having seen your picture I really think it’s Maligne Lake and I’ve titled it incorrectly. What do you think?

  • Many thanks David! I think your photo is Medicine Lake, which is about 2/3 of the way from Jasper Town to Lake Maligne. Jann and I both took photos of it but as usual, she took many more than I did. I’ve been studying all of hers and I’m 95% sure that’s what you have. The lake is fed from underground springs which gradually dry up as the summer comes on, until it almost disappears. Hence the Indians called it “Medicine”. That shoreline on the left is the same as what we saw in Sept. when the lake was very low.
    I am sure your’s is not Moraine or Maligne, the mountains are too low, and I’ve never seen that perspective. But Medicine is a beautiful area and so is the pic!

    – George Cousins

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    geeez George what you won’t do for a fabulous photo! LOL
    This is gorgeous. I never have been to Spirit Island, the weather has never been right for the boat tour. It was in the plans in July, but the sky just wasn’t right. Well done!

  • haha! Well I don’t think I’ll be doing it much longer lol! I must have been out of my mind!They only give about 20 minutes on shore and we left the others and climbed up through the bush to get some higher views. It was worth it, but hard work:)))

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    take the next boat back, lol…….was worth the hike for sure

  • I don’t think they let you do that. You’d be stranded there for about 2 to 3 hours so I imagine there are rules because of safety concerns. Good idea if you could do it.

    – George Cousins

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Hi, George, thank you so much for the information. I’ve made changes to rename it. I guess I should have spent a little more time labelling my damn slides. Now I have to remember to label my computer files. Nothing changes! LOL. Thanks again, George!

  • You’re welcome David, I had a lot of fun when I decided to digitize all my slides back in 2004, some of them going back to! Luckily I did label most of them as soon as I took them, but still….lol!

    – George Cousins

  • evimagery
    evimageryover 4 years ago

    So beautiful place and attractive composition! Awesome work, George.

  • Thanks very much Evgenia, very much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and colors!!

  • Many thanks Carolyn, so glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • loralea
    loraleaover 4 years ago

    nice one george

  • Hi Laura Lea, good to see you again! Glad you liked this one. Been trying to get caught up but never gonna!

    – George Cousins

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